In celebration of National Nurse’s Week, we are proud to feature two of the many nurses on the Angel MedFlight staff.
Richard Oeltjen, RN
Richard Oeltjen, recently celebrated his fifth anniversary as a RN Flight Coordinator at Angel MedFlight. However, those five years only cover a fraction of his lengthy career as a nurse. In 1984, Richard was inspired to pursue a nursing career when the Mayo Clinic launched its first medical helicopter in Minnesota. He was intrigued by the challenge of providing critical care in an aircraft. As a helicopter flight nurse, Richard handled countless emergency transports. His most rewarding moment was transferring a young man from a severe trauma situation and providing a blood transfusion during flight that eventually saved the patient’s life.
During his 28 years as a nurse, Richard has appreciated the wide variety of nursing career opportunities. He encourages new nurses to pursue their goals by taking advantage of the many options available to them. We are thankful to have Richard on the Angel MedFlight team. Everyday he uses his experience to ensure seamless air medical transports for our patients. Happy Nurse’s Week Richard!
Jennifer Peterson, RN
As a Flight Coordinator at Angel MedFlight, Jennifer Peterson uses her nursing skill to coordinate air medical transfers for patients throughout the world. With 16 years of experience as an RN, Jennifer is a valuable part of the Angel MedFlight team. She is passionate about the medical profession and she loves connecting with her patients and their families.
As a U.S. Air Force veteran, Jennifer has cared for patients in hospitals both in the U.S. and abroad. Her favorite assignment was working in the Labor and Delivery department and she found the experience incredibly rewarding. Her advice to new nurses as they begin their careers is: “Treat every patient as you would want your mother to be treated.”
We thank Jennifer for her service and her dedication to Angel MedFlight’s patients. Happy Nurse’s Week Jennifer!